banana boat


Definition of banana boat

1 : a boat for transporting bananas … Barnes was a … free spirit who, disguised as a male seaman on a banana boat, had run guns for Mexican revolutionaries.— David Roberts, Smithsonian, August 1994
2 : a long, narrow, inflatable recreational boat that riders sit astride while being towed by a powerboat When the banana boat arrived out in the bay, almost opposite our house, all its riders fell off.— Sarah Poyntz, Manchester Guardian Weekly, 9 Aug. 1992

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First Known Use of banana boat

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Banana boat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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